Throughout the past year, children around the Sauk Valley have
related to ten-year-old Phineas Quinn, a curious youngster who loves
junk food and hatches a plan to avoid eating vegetables in the
children’s book, Who Grew My Soup?
“When his mother serves him a bowl of vegetable soup, Phineas insists on
knowing where the vegetables in his soup come from and wants to meet
the farmers who grow them,” said Sherry DeWalt, CGH Community Health
Educator. “Through the CGH Health Foundation’s Centennial Learning
Garden Project, we have utilized this story to help educate area
children about the importance of using fresh produce, eating healthy and
increasing their physical activity.”
Now, as we bring in the harvest on this year’s crop, join us on
Saturday, October 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Selmi’s Pumpkin Patch,
1206 Dixon Ave., Rock Falls, for the “Who Grew My Soup? Harvest
Festival.” There will be a variety of fun activities for the whole
family, a cooking demonstration, food samples and door prizes! In
addition, the Sterling Public Library’s Sauk Valley Story Spinners will
perform a theatrical reading of the book Who Grew My Soup? at noon and
again at 1 p.m.
“The CGH Centennial Learning Garden Project is funded as part of the
Foundation’s Health and Fitness Initiative,” said Joan Hermes, executive
director of the Foundation. “The project yielded a great ‘harvest’ of
excited kids and happy parents, as well as beautiful vegetables and
For questions or more information about the Harvest Festival, please contact Sherry DeWalt at (815) 625-0400 ext. 5716.